About Croatia

6 Nov

Croatia’s a new hit destination in Europe. It’s been more than 10 years since the break up of Yugoslavia, and the tourists are coming back to Croatia. And one of those tourists was me, when I met up with my mother and godmother after my long backpacking adventure. After I’d taken a bus from Zadar, we got on a ferry from Split to Hvar, and drove to a charming little village under a cliff and by the sea. For the most part, it was a relaxing, nice holiday. After a month of wandering from city to city looking at museums, a nice time to rest and relax was just what I needed.


After Hvar, we went to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a great town. It’s touristy, but absolutely beautiful and very charming to walk around. I also loved taking the cable car up to the top of the hill, and walking around the city walls. There’s also a great museum of black-and-white photos from the Yugoslav war.


But something about Croatia didn’t really do it for me. I know I haven’t seen the whole country, but I’ve seen Zadar and Dubrovnik, which are two of its best towns, and in my opinion, the towns need more to do. In every other one of the places i went (besides Montenegro) there are far more museums to choose from. I’ve heard Zagreb has many good museums, but not enough to compare to Vienna or Budapest. And also, the food. Croatia has a lot of high quality seafood and meat in its restaurants, but it doesn’t have as much of its own sophisticated cuisine as say, Italy does. The only international restaurants they have a lot are Italian ones. The Croatian food is mostly basic recipes for meat and seafood. I ended up feeling that in every new restaurant we ate in, I had to choose between the same assortment of dishes: risotto, pasta, a meat plate, or a seafood plate. The food scene in Croatia needs more variety before my taste buds will be truly enticed.


Overall, Croatia’s a great country that deserves exploration, and I’m sure I’ll return at some point. But first, I’ll happily see other places that have more to do.

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